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Latest twist in Wayne Bennett’s shock move

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Veteran head coach Wayne Bennett has spoken out about speculation linking him with the new NRL job at the Redcliffe Dolphins.

The Dolphins were accepted as the 17th NRL club, with Bennett expected to take over. And, although no deal has been done just yet, the former South Sydney Rabbitohs chief is eager to get things done.

“I have not signed with the Dolphins yet, but I am very keen to talk to the Dolphins and we’ll be doing that in the next 24 hours,” Bennett told the Daily Telegraph.

“If we hit it off, I don’t think it will take long to do the deal.

“There’s been reports a player manager Sam Ayoub is helping me with the deal. Sam is not doing any deal for me.

“If there are sticking points, it might take longer, but I’m confident we can get it done.

“This (NRL expansion) is wonderful news for the game.

“It’s disappointing for the two clubs who missed out but the game has chosen the Dolphins and now I’m keen to make it a success.”

Bennett is likely to take over at the Dolphins in some kind of part-time role next season before taking the reins as full-time head coach for the Brisbane club’s first NRL season in 2023.

“I need to talk to Redcliffe about my role next year,” he said.

“It’s important we are singing from the same song book and I want to make sure we believe in the same things for how a new Brisbane club should look.

“That can only happen with conversations, getting together and working out a timeframe for what next year looks like and the years after that.”

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